Children Learning Reading
I have not tried Jim Yang’s reading program but it seems to me it feeds on the parental fear that “if my child isn’t reading by age 2 or 3” — when they are generally working towards potty-training — “my kid is behind”.
Behind? Woe to any child who is left behind.
But I say, woe to any child whose parents give in to panic.
Take a deep breath. Sit back and think about this. What kind of life are you encouraging your child to live? Are you so caught up in the rat race of societal pressure that you have lost sight of your little darling, digging in the mud beside you?
Read 15 minutes each night TO them. Let them experience the delight of imaginative and fun books with creative and interesting illustrations. Draw a picture of the story. Dance the plot. Inspire them to want to read.
My youngest had a brain injury at age 5 and didn’t read until 4th grade, after years of stress she imposed upon herself. She desperately wanted to read and listened to all the Harry Potter books on audio so that she could discuss them with her friends. It was her determination that got her through her desire. She graduated from University Magna Cum Laude and has a successful career.
My grand age 5 is considered behind because she isn’t reading. She loves books. “They” are wrong about her just as “they” judged her mother. Strength comes from within; encourage that inner child.
You have to believe in your child’s developmental path- in your child’s ability to do what is required to follow the path that child was born to walk.
Take another deep breath. Look around you. The world is filled with unique individuals forced into square holes, counting the days to vacation or retirement, missing this moment. And then there are those who hear the beat of their own hearts above the external and blasting band.
Teach your child to brush her teeth or to clean up his toys. This period in a child’s wonderment passes like spring. Buy the child a fish.